Want a habit that helps you become the lead author on four research papers a year?
In her book, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks, Wendy Belcher takes readers through a process that can have your article done and submitted in 12 weeks.
I’ve run people through the book, writing an article, in 12 weeks as well as 15. I’ve found 15 works best. It allows for slippage. To focus on some weeks in more detail. To have time off. To allow for “life”.
If you have:
- written an article that you never submitted
- wished you could turn your thesis literature review into an article
- been told “you should publish that” about a presentation or your thesis
Going through this book is for you.
If you need or want:
- someone to keep you on track
- a kick up the arse if/when you fall behind
- someone to share the process and experience with
Look no further! I have a program for you.
Over 15 weeks (I’ve built in some slack), we’ll go through the steps in the book to get your article written and submitted.
You’ll have a group to work with, as well as me.
In 2022, there will be one term, starting on 26 Aug (ending 1 Dec)
Meetings are Fridays from 1 – 2 pm Melbourne, Australia time.
What you’ll bring:
- a digital or hard copy of the book (I can provide one at an additional cost);
- a positive attitude; and
- a sound work ethic.
- $550 AUD (inc GST) upfront (pay using the form on this page)
What we’ll cover:
- There will be a “lesson” where we review the relevant chapter content (see below)
- We’ll also discuss what you learned or what you did not understand.
- Homework will include sending one page for someone else to review, and reviewing someone else’s writing.
- We’ll do a check-in to see how you’re progressing, and (as necessary) try to resolve blockages or challenges
- Setting up – your plan for the 15 weeks; your workstation; trying to create good habits and destroy bad ones
- Starting and article from scratch – how to come up with a list of topics, then selecting one to write up into an article.
- Advancing your argument – the main idea of your article
- Abstracting your article – not just as required for the published version, but a guide to set boundaries for what is “in” and what is “out”
- Selecting a journal – using a checklist created by Belcher
- Refining works cited – an important part of ensuring you capture the literature and addressing bias
- Crafting Claims for Significance – what your work is important
- Analysing evidence – what story does your evidence tell? How can you make it compelling?
- Presenting evidence – The best way to visualise your data.
- Strengthening your structure – ensuring you use headings and subheadings well.
- Opening and concluding your article – including getting the most read part of your article right (hint, it’s the title)
- Editing sentences – there’s a macro to help too!
- Sending your article – setting a deadline is really important.
- Revising and resubmitting – responding to reviewers and what to do next.
- Thanks for the course. It was well worth it and I may do another for my next article. Janice Chisholm, PhD student, Monash University
- This program is great value. The course content is excellent, the opportunity to work with other early career researchers is enriching, and Richard’s input is super-helpful. The weekly meetings keep you accountable and productive, and it’s affordable. I’ll be signing up again! Victoria, PhD candidate, Brisbane
- This is the second time I have done this program. I think it is fantastic value. I’d recommend it to others and I’m definitely doing it again. Primrose White, PostDoc and Psychologist
- Thank you so much for this program, I went from very unsure and entirely unprepared to submit my first paper to now being the one driving it and email editors. The things I have learnt will be invaluable for my future career. Dr Melissa Sweeney, Researcher, Monash University
- This is something that I noticed last week.
Remember that in the beginning I mentioned about experiencing writing apprehension that made me unable to write? Well, I don’t seem to feel it anymore. It IS there – somewhere – but it is tiny and manageable.
I think, watching/listening to the others who are also working toward the same goal (producing a publishable article, reading Belcher’s chapters, doing the exercises, and listening to your take on the whole thing — help me to look at this writing activity with a different (more positive) mindset.
Another reason is because through the group discussion, I got to see the ‘gaps’ in my paper which I need to deal with before I send it to a journal. In other words, there is a list of specific tasks that guides me on what to write next. And that really helps to combat anxiety!
If you are going to have another round of “Writing your journal article in 12 weeks” after the present one is over, do tell because I’d be most interested to join it. Adi Afzal Ahmad Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi Mara Cawangan Perlis